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How expensive is your hobby?

I swear, being a geek has its downsides. You tend to spend a lot for your hobbies. I recently caught the photography bug after buying the 350D I’ve been wanting since December.

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After being able to save for it, I went ahead and bought several accessories such as a Velbon tripod, a Sumdex camera bag, and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. The last item is a portrait lens known as the “nifty fifty” which allows you to take really great portraits at an affordable price as seen in this really cute portrait of my doggie.


I’ve totalled my expenses for this new cash black hole hobby and the opportunity costs were basically a trip to Australia or a couple of trips to Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malaysia. Gawd. What next? I’ve to stop myself.

The only way I can justify spending more on photography is if I turn it into a profession, thus making the hobby pay for itself. I’ve done this for my iBook, which has been paid off many months ago by writing.

I used to have bug collecting as a hobby. Argh. Talk about spending. What about you? How expensive or cheap are your hobbies?

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

15 replies on “How expensive is your hobby?”

add photography to ur side jobs then! one day lang na raket, ok ka na! 🙂

see, this guy i met at landco (and coincidentally, has become my sis’ friend, too). i luuuuv his pics (and he makes his hobby his living. lucky bastard)

if I were to have a hobby — traveling!!

p.s. hondo looking lovable. i miss my dog 🙁

hahaha! you’ve been infected by GAS! gear acquisition syndrome!

dahan-dahan! i suffered the same GAS when i acquired my 350D last year. happy shooting!

haha! well, my hobby is less expensive than yours, but considering how frequent it happens and how anal-retentive some of my friends and i are about detail, we can spend as much as 5k on a costume. it can go up to 10k because of certain accessories. wigs, especially, are expensive. short wigs in divisoria cost about a thousand. the really long ones (knee-length wigs) have to be bought on the internet. 😛

C’mon markku, don’t tempt my friend1 😛 He’s vigorously stated “enough” in front of me many times; don’t wanna see him renege on that.

markku is right. i’ve been itching to get my hands on a flash, thanks in part to strobist. i’ve got other things to take care of first though.

first off though, figure out what you’ll be shooting most of the time. i want a better lens ‘coz i’ll be shooting sports most of the time.

then again, i still want the flash for portraits and product shots.

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